Conference Sessions

Conference Sessions

Conference sessions for the GFOA annual conference are listed below and are posted in the conference program.  From the links below, delegates can download PDF handouts and calendar appointments to set your conference schedule.  To access the agendas, slides, and calendar appointments, please click on the session title below.

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Sunday, May 31, 2015 - 1:30pm to 2:20pm
Room: 
114
Moderator
Managing Director
PFM
Speaker
Finance Director
City of Menlo Park, CA
Speaker
Budget Director
City of Portland, OR

With revenues coming back many governments face the pressure and temptation to simply restore past patterns of spending rather than figuring out how to use this new money to create the best value for citizens.

Sunday, May 31, 2015 - 1:30pm to 2:20pm
Room: 
120
Moderator
Director, Department of Management and Budget
Oakland County, MI
Speaker
Policy Team Leader / Acting Budget Director
City of Norfolk
Speaker
Fiscal Policy Advisor
League of California Cities / CSMFO

The first step in financial recovery is to identify your areas of strengths and weaknesses. This session will focus on tools and techniques for assessing your government’s financial health including resources that are available to assist local government.

Sunday, May 31, 2015 - 1:30pm to 2:20pm
Room: 
121
Moderator/Speaker
Director
GFOA
Speaker
Partner
Nixon Peabody

This session will highlight the evolving legislative landscape and its effect on governments' ability to issue debt.

Sunday, May 31, 2015 - 1:30pm to 2:20pm
Room: 
113
Moderator
Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Administration
Henrico County Public Schools, Virginia
Speaker
Chairman
Governmental Accounting Standards Board
Speaker
Director of Research and Technical Activities
GASB
Speaker
Assistant Finance Director
City of San Antonio, TX

Recently, both the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) have been re-examining accounting and financial reporting for leases.

Sunday, May 31, 2015 - 2:40pm to 3:30pm
Room: 
113
Moderator
Council Liaison
City of DC
Speaker
Co-Founder
Center for Priority Based Budgeting
Speaker
Assistant Superintendant for Business
Harris County Department of Education

Program budgeting is an underlying assumption to many of GFOA's budgeting best practices and being able to connect costs and outcomes associated with specific services is critical to communicating value to citizens.

Sunday, May 31, 2015 - 2:40pm to 3:30pm
Room: 
114
Moderator/Speaker
Chief Financial Officer
Virginia College Savings Plan
Speaker
Treasurer
City of Portland, OR

Communities and elected officials are calling for their governments to scrutinize investments to ensure they do not have a negative social, environmental, or political effect.

Sunday, May 31, 2015 - 2:40pm to 3:30pm
Room: 
120
Moderator
Director of Finance
City of Sugar Land, TX
Speaker
Deputy Director for Planning & Policy
Alameda County Transportation Commission
Speaker
Debt Coordinator
Fairfax County, VA
Speaker
Director of Finance and Administration
Alameda County Transportation Commission

As scrutiny for public finance projects increases, municipalities must continue to find creative ways to address a growing list of capital needs. Bond referendums allow municipalities to effectively package similar projects in a transparent manner for voter approval.

Sunday, May 31, 2015 - 2:40pm to 3:30pm
Room: 
122
Moderator
Assistant Finance Director
City of Miamisburg, Ohio
Speaker
Chief Financial Officer/Assistant City Manager
City of Carrollton
Speaker
Director of Governmental Audit Quality
Rehmann

While financial reporting in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles remains the ideal, it often is not a viable option for a very small governments.  This session offers information on a GFOA professional recognition program that assists small governm

Sunday, May 31, 2015 - 2:40pm to 3:30pm
Room: 
121
Moderator
Chief Financial Officer
Jefferson County Public Schools
Speaker
Infrastructure Program Manager
Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management
Speaker
Deputy Director of Budget Resources, Office of Management and Budget
New York City

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers critical resources to governments recovering from disasters. However, compliance with FEMA requirements poses numerous practical challenges.

Sunday, May 31, 2015 - 3:50pm to 4:40pm
Room: 
120
Speaker
Budget Administrator
City of Irving, TX
Speaker
President
OurHealth

Many employers now have wellness plans, and with encouragement from the Affordable Care Act, more will likely follow.  But there are many ways to structure and manage a wellness program, and unfortunately, not all of them provide the promised payoffs for either employer or employee.

Sunday, May 31, 2015 - 3:50pm to 4:40pm
Room: 
121
Moderator
Director of Treasury Management
State of Maryland - Treasurer's Office
Speaker
Senior Vice President - Director of Investment Solutions
PMA Financial Network, Inc.
Speaker
Associate Director/Financial Services
Florida League of Cities

Many governments utilize investment pools, including local government investment pools (LGIPs) as a primary investment option. Understanding what these entities offer as well as how they are authorized and managed is important for finance officers.

Sunday, May 31, 2015 - 3:50pm to 4:40pm
Room: 
113
Moderator
Director of Accounting
Sedgwick County, KS
Speaker
Partner
Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP
Speaker
Finance Director
City of St. Petersburg, Florida

The U.S. Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) recent circular, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards, commonly known as the "Super Circular," supersedes and combines the requirements of eight previous OMB Circulars related to federal grants.

Sunday, May 31, 2015 - 3:50pm to 4:40pm
Room: 
114
Moderator
Director of Budget & Finance
Collin County, TX
Speaker
Associate Professor
Drexel University
Speaker
Director of Finance
Virginia Beach, VA

Only a few major cities are home to professional sports franchises.

Sunday, May 31, 2015 - 3:50pm to 4:40pm
Room: 
119
Moderator
Director of Financial Services
Prince William County Public Schools
Speaker
Professor
Radford University
Speaker
Assistant Director of Finance
City of Kirkwood

It is no longer enough for CFO to be expert in a single discipline. Today’s successful CFO must obtain a solid background in the full range of finance-related disciplines.

Monday, June 1, 2015 - 10:30am to 12:10pm
Room: 
120
Moderator
Chief Financial Officer
City of New Bedford, Massachusetts
Speaker
Managing Partner
Funston Advisory Services, LLC
Speaker
Managing Director
Fiduciary Leadership, LLC

The goal of public pension fund asset allocation can no longer be focused solely on outperforming the plan’s return on assets.

Monday, June 1, 2015 - 10:30am to 12:10pm
Room: 
114
Moderator
Chief Financial Officer
DC Water & Sewer Authority
Speaker
Former Assistant Treasurer for Debt Management
State of Massachusetts
Speaker
Interim Chief Financial Officer
San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
Speaker
Head of Investor Relations & New Products
World Bank
Speaker
Vice President/Senior Portfolio Manager
State Street Global Advisors
Speaker
Head of UK & US Markets
Vigeo

Green bond issuance has generated significant attention as this market rapidly expands.  This session will examine the issuance of green bonds and provide issuers with an understanding of the this nascent market, which is expected to reach $40 billion of issuance worldwide in 2015.

Monday, June 1, 2015 - 10:30am to 12:10pm
Room: 
117
Moderator
Director of Financial Services
City of Vernon, BC
Speaker
Manager, Financial Services
City of Surrey, British Columbia
Speaker
City Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer
City of Moncton, New Brunswick
Speaker
CFO
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Speaker
Partner
KPMG LLP

This year's session focuses on two topics of direct interest to Canadians: the benefits of the new CPA designation in Canada and future accounting standards that will impact the reporting in annual financial reports.

Monday, June 1, 2015 - 10:30am to 12:10pm
Room: 
Terrace Ballroom
Moderator
Deputy Comptroller/Chief Accountant
New York City Office of the Comptroller
Speaker
Executive Director
National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers, and Treasurers (NASACT)
Speaker
Director
GFOA

Each year, the Executive Director of the National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers, and Treasurers and the Director of the GFOA’s Technical Services Center present a comprehensive overview of developments in the past year that affect accounting and auditing

Monday, June 1, 2015 - 10:30am to 12:10pm
Room: 
121
Moderator
Director of Institutional Portfolio Management
Fidelity Management & Research Company
Speaker
Senior Vice President
FirstSouthwest Asset Management
Speaker
Senior Product Officer, North America Liquidity Product Solutions
Bank of America
Speaker
Assistant City Manager/COO
City of Weston, FL
Speaker
Chief Investment Officer
City & County of San Francisco

In recent years, liquid investments used by many state and local governments have maintained a flatline return ratio.  This low rate environment coupled with changing federal regulations for money market funds, has led to growing uncertainty for government fund investors.

Monday, June 1, 2015 - 1:30pm to 2:20pm
Room: 
114
Moderator
Controller
City of Venice
Speaker
Senior Managing Consultant
IBM
Speaker
Chief Information Security Officer
University of Pennsylvania

As advances in information technology continue at an ever increasing pace, so too do the security challenges that accompany them. This session will explore a variety of IT security challenges faced by governments as a result of new technologies.

Monday, June 1, 2015 - 1:30pm to 2:20pm
Room: 
122
Moderator
Senior Director
Alvarez & Marsal
Speaker
CEO
MuniRent
Speaker
Public Works Operations Manager
Marion County, Oregon

Learn how the public sector is incorporating the ideas of the sharing economy.

Monday, June 1, 2015 - 1:30pm to 2:20pm
Room: 
121
Moderator
Budget Coordinator
City of Lynnwood, Washington
Speaker
Keynote Speaker & Author and Owner of Vision Board Media, LLC & LinkedIn-Makeover.com
Vision Board Media, LLC
Speaker
Assistant Vice Chancellor and Director of Human Resources
University of Wisconsin

With changing attitudes about work among those joining the workforce, managers need new strategies for recruiting a skilled staff.

Monday, June 1, 2015 - 1:30pm to 2:20pm
Room: 
113
Moderator
Finance Director
Catawba County, NC
Speaker
Director of Finance
Metropolitan Transportation Authority, New York
Speaker
Assistant Finance Director
City of Oklahoma City, OK

This session will highlight GFOA’s best practices related to debt issuance. Attendees will hear from their peers and other practitioners about the importance of developing and implementing debt policy and procedures.

Monday, June 1, 2015 - 1:30pm to 2:20pm
Room: 
120
Moderator
Assistant Audit Manager
Washington State Auditor's Office
Speaker
Chief Financial Officer
Illinois Finance Authority
Speaker
Partner
RubinBrown, LLP

The Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) has recently issued final guidance on fair value reporting and its application to specific assets and liabilities.

Monday, June 1, 2015 - 2:40pm to 3:55pm
Room: 
122
Moderator
Budget Manager
Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District
Speaker
Finance Director
City of Madison, WI
Speaker
Principal
U3 Consulting
Speaker
Chief Assessment Officer
City of Philadelphia

Finance officers are often very focused on current revenues and expenditure, but not nearly focused enough on the factors that ultimately drive tax revenue, such as tax and fee policies, economic development, demographics, population, and land-use policies.


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